Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Let’s eat all of these people!” — Venom

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Darwin Award Candidate

"Mad Mike" Hughes made another flight in his steam-powered rocketL

That thing that came off the rocket a second or so after launch apparently was the parachute.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said its officers were called to a rocket launch event at around 2 p.m. on Saturday. According to KTLA, the sheriff's office said "a man was pronounced deceased after the rocket crashed in the open desert."

The sheriff's department did not identify the victim, but Hughes' partner Waldo Stakes, who was at the rocket launch, confirmed to the Associated Press that Hughes was killed. The sheriff's department has been contacted for additional comment.
Hughes was trying to get high enough to prove that the Earth is flat.


Dark Avenger said...

Wouldn’t it have been easier to do it with a QP of Skywalker instead?

seafury said...

Clearly, the deep state had something to do with the outcome. Everyone KNOWS the earth is flat. This would have given us the proof. Fffin, Hillary.

CenterPuke88 said...

Watched the documentary last year, and the dude was clearly off his rocker...

That being said, kinda horrifying to see the chute deploy/release at the very start and know he’s now riding a big shell.

Ten Bears said...

Are we certain there were no offspring?

Old NFO said...

Welp, whatever else one wants to say, he DID die trying to prove his point, for better or worse... sigh

dinthebeast said...

Well, he proved that SOMETHING was flat... Kinda weird that they let him launch when California won't even let you fly your Estes model rockets except in special designated areas.

-Doug in Oakland

jp said...

Bonus points for the demonstration of Newtonian physics in the last 10 or so seconds. GRAVITY, dude, it's a thing.

0_0 said...

California bans Estes rockets?
I didn't know that, and I (and my daughters) have flown them from parks every so often.
Half the time they are lost, though.
I had no idea.

(also, poor dumb soul)

dinthebeast said...

They don't ban them per se, they just make you buy them from local dealers instead of from the company by mail, and they have certain specified places where it's legal to fly them.
We flew them from the back yard anyway, and once a fin fell off and the rocket flew in a huge arc and landed on top of the special ed building of the junior high school, which was stressful as the contrail pointed directly from the scene of the crime to our back yard for about a half hour.
Now days I gather that they're mostly afraid of starting wildfires.

-Doug in Oakland